That was Jamie: Celebrating the Life of Jamie Gilder

That was Jamie: Celebrating the Life of Jamie Gilder

In 2012 West U resident Jamie Gilder was diagnosed with colon cancer. That diagnosis did not stop Jamie and his wife Dee Dee  from volunteering to co-chair the 2013 and 2014 Flathers and Flashlights event in the city. In July of this year Jamie lost his battle with cancer, but...
The Mayor’s Table: Thanksgiving with the Frys

The Mayor’s Table: Thanksgiving with the Frys

When Mayor Bob Fry and his wife Jo Ann sit down to Thanksgiving with their family there is one dish everyone is looking forward to digging into: the cheese potatoes. “I can’t fix a holiday meal without fixing cheese potatoes,” Jo Ann says. The recipe has been on the Fry’s...
County Judge Wins ‘Undying Affection’ From Auction Puppy

County Judge Wins ‘Undying Affection’ From Auction Puppy

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s dog Lilli hasn’t left his side since he took her home from Park Lovers’ Ball in 2011. Judge Emmett and his wife Gwen attended the Friends of West U Parks Fund’s annual event and knew that they would bid on something. That something turned out...
A Park Lovers’ Ball Puppy Six Years Later

A Park Lovers’ Ball Puppy Six Years Later

When Steve and Leah Ragiel’s children started asking when they could get a puppy, it turned out there couldn’t have been a better time or a better cause. The Ragiels are one of the many West U families who have a puppy from the Friends of West University Place Parks...
West U Hood Poppers Keeping it Classic

West U Hood Poppers Keeping it Classic

“People who have old cars love to talk to other people who have old cars,” says West U resident and local business owner Gregg Thompson. That universal truth was the inspiration for West U Hood Poppers, a neighborhood event where classic car owners and enthusiasts can “ooohh and aaahh” over...
The Old ‘39 Chevy Goes Under the Wrench

The Old ‘39 Chevy Goes Under the Wrench

I can’t seem to part with my ’64 Dodge Dart It’s a work of art never mind that it don’t start I bought it used back in 1989 That little MOPAR monster is like an old friend of mine* For more than 20 years, John and Lynn Old’s 1939 Chevrolet...
West U Firefighter Memorializes Parents with Gift to the City

West U Firefighter Memorializes Parents with Gift to the City

Tommy Jones II was born and raised in West U and spent his entire career serving on the West U Fire Department. Now he and his sister Linda Pizzi are giving back to the city in a way they hope will help their parents’ memory live on. Tommy and Linda...
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WUES Foundation Seeks to ‘Reimagine Play in the Heart of West U’

WUES Foundation Seeks to ‘Reimagine Play in the Heart of West U’

In the very heart of West University Place sits the front playground at West U Elementary. It is the most utilized playground in West U, servicing more than 600 children during the school hours. The playground is a favorite gathering spot for families throughout the week and is also a well-used outlet for countless number...
A Holiday Tradition: West U Block Hosts Annual Christmas Party

A Holiday Tradition: West U Block Hosts Annual Christmas Party

The 2800-2900 block of Wroxton will be celebrating the holidays with their annual Christmas party this December. Their tradition has been going on for more than 12 years. “It is a tradition that we all look forward to each year,” says West U resident Katy Murray. “This is a special block that feels like family....
Deeply Rooted in West U Parks: Friends Planning 2015 Park Lovers’ Ball

Deeply Rooted in West U Parks: Friends Planning 2015 Park Lovers’ Ball

The Friends of West U Parks Fund is deeply rooted in the community, which is a fitting theme for the 24th annual Park Lovers’ Ball. West U residents and their neighbors will come out to raise money for the city’s parks and green spaces on Feb. 7, 2015 at the Omni Hotel. Friends is bringing...
Connecting with Your Council

Connecting with Your Council

Congratulations to West University and its residents for earning the Silver Scenic City Certification by Scenic Texas. We have always known that West U is a very special and beautiful community, but earning this certification promotes the message throughout Texas and beyond that our city is a great place to live. West U’s attention to...
Connecting with Your Publishers

Connecting with Your Publishers

This time last year, we were busy putting together the first edition of West U Connections magazine. Our favorite part of that edition was hearing the New Year’s resolutions from West U Elementary School students. Who can forget Kindergartner Oliver who resolved to “be gooder in class”? We’ve loved every magazine we put out over...
Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes

Blueberry Pie (America’s Test Kitchen) This recipe was developed using fresh blueberries, but unthawed frozen blueberries (our favorite brands are Wyman’s and Cascadian Farm) will work well. Blueberry Filling 6 cups                       fresh blueberries (3 pints or about 30 ounces) or 2 pkg. 16 oz frozen berries 1 ea                        Granny Smith apple,...
Thanksgiving Recipes Part 2

Thanksgiving Recipes Part 2

An East Texas Thanksgiving Our family spends Thanksgiving in East Texas, in our cabin, in the woods. We place 8 foot tables outside and dress them up with the foliage from the woods surrounding us… We feed 20-30 people. Every body brings their special dish, from venison to dove and quail and the all traditional...
Thanksgiving Recipes Part 3

Thanksgiving Recipes Part 3

I have wonderful memories of the smells of Thanksgiving dinner cooking. My mother is always in the kitchen in her red quilted jumper dress and apron; simultaneously preparing a roasted turkey with all of the trimmings, trying to keep it all hot to serve at the same time.  She always insists on making homemade rolls,...
Community Invited to Southside Place Winter Carnival

Community Invited to Southside Place Winter Carnival

Join your friends and neighbors at Southside Place’s third annual Winter Wonderland Carnival. All proceeds from the carnival help maintain and improve Fire Truck Park. Frost Bank has donated $5,000 for the third year in a row and is the Grand Sponsor of the carnival. The carnival will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10...
Connecting with Your Council

Connecting with Your Council

During my time on council and as your mayor I have been impressed by the number of people who come to council workshops and meetings just to learn about their city government. I also have known of instances where some people decided to apply for a board or commission or even run for council without...